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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 01:30:53 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Managing=20Director=2C=20IMF=20OFFICE?=


Good day, Your Long overdue Payment. We saw your name (in the Central Computer
among the list of unpaid contractors,inheritance next of kin and lotto beneficiaries
that was originated from Africa, Europe,Asia Plus Middle east, Americans
) among the list of individuals and companies that your unpaid fund has
been located to the Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC,Barclays Bank, Diamond
Bank Of Africa, Natwest Bank Uk, Bank o f America, Central Bank Of West

Your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a part-payment
of $10 million and has been approved already for months. You are requested
to get back to us for more direction and instruction on how to receive your
fund. However, we received an email from one Mr. Robert Water who told us
that he is your next of kin and that you died in a car accident last week.

Dr Robert Water account co-ordinate as follows:
Bank of Lebanon
A/c no:890458984589
Routing No:bl 275-79665
Ben:Dr Robert Water

He has also submitted his account for us to transfer the fund to him. We
want to hear from you before we can make the transfer to confirm if you
are dead or not. Once again,
I apologize to you on behalf Of IMF (International Monetary Fund)" htm failure to pay your
funds in time, which according to records in the system had been long overdue.
pls Reply through system opperartor Mr.Robert Matins Email:
Yours Sincerely,
Mike Peters
On Behalf Of
Mr Rodrigo de Rato Figaredo

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